Aug. 20, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Oklahoma State senior Andrea Riley was named a preseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award today. Riley was one of 31 student-athletes chosen based on last year's individual performance and team records.
The award is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven that she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Riley averaged 23.0 points and 6.0 assists per game en route to earning honorable mention All-America honors last year. Earlier this summer, Riley was named to the watch list for the Wade Trophy.
The Dallas, Texas native is one of four players on the Wooden list from the Big 12, joining Kansas' Danielle McCray, Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson and Kansas State's Ashley Sweat.
In late December, the Wooden Award Committee will release the Midseason Top 20 list, followed in March by the National Ballot, consisting of approximately 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Women's Wooden Award All-American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round during the NCAA Tournament.
The 34th annual Wooden Award ceremony, which will include the announcement of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, and the presentation of the Wooden Award All-American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, will take place the weekend of April 9-11, 2010.